City's Charter is the constitution of the City of San Antonio. In 1951, the
City of San Antonio adopted its current Charter and became a Council-Manager
form of government. The current Charter was written by an elected Charter
Commission chaired by Walter W. McAllister. Our Charter has been amended nine
times since then. A copy of the current charter is attached, below, and may be accessed
through this link:
Documents will be added as they become available.
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Download: Charter Review Commission Members (PDF)
Charter Commission was authorized by the City Council in 2014, to study and
make recommendations regarding provisions that were in conflict with current
state law, did not reflect current practices, or were outdated and
obsolete. The Commission met seven
times, held two public hearings and invited comments at five of the City
Council “Citizens to be Heard” sessions.
The recommendations of the Charter Review Commission, as well as input
from the public, were presented to the City Council on February 18, 2015. On
February 26, 2015, the City Council approved four propositions to be placed on
the May ballot. In addition to the previously approved measure relating to the
use of city funds, streets, and rights of way for streetcar and light rail
projects, the Council ordered the propositions for Council Compensation,
Mayoral Vacancy, and outdated and superseded sections be placed before the
voters. All four propositions passed at
the election held Saturday, May 9, 2015.